It was time to venture over to laundry — specifically.
My colleague Julie Snyder, who’s in the above YouTube video, extensively researched this topic to arrive at this DIY laundry detergent recipe, sourced from Bren Fey of the Bren Did blog. As always, take care when you’re trying out any DIY solutions for the first time. Test them with a small load of laundry to begin and stop if you experience any irritation.
Step 1: Buy the ingredients
Step 2: Mix the ingredients
- Put the water on to boil
- While the water is heating up, pour two-thirds of a cup of Super Washing Soda into your glass or stainless steel container (don’t use an aluminum container; the sodium carbonate in the washing soda can damage it)
- Add half of the boiling water to the jar (let the water cool slightly before adding it to a glass container) and slowly mix until the Washing Soda is fully dissolved
- Mix in the half cup of Sal Suds and then stir in the remaining water
- Let it cool to room temperature
Step 3: Laundry time
After the laundry detergent is cool, you can either start doing laundry right away (use a quarter of a cup for each load of laundry) or put on the lid and store it until you need it.
The measurements I provided in the recipe are enough for 18 loads of laundry. If you bought the 16-ounce Sal Suds and 55-ounce Super Washing Soda, you can make up to 72 loads of laundry detergent with the ingredients at less than $0.30 a wash.